Family of 6 trapped in deadly building collapse
RESCUERS were searching for a family of six feared trapped in a building that collapsed and killed two people on the outskirts of the city.
Emergency workers were using mechanical diggers and other equipment to remove slabs of concrete and mud, but police said on August 7, there was little hope of finding the family, including three children, alive.
The two-storey building that had earlier been declared dangerous by local officials crumbled overnight in the district of Thane following days of monsoon rain.
Two people were pulled alive from the debris but rescuers also recovered two bodies, said DM Katke, a senior police inspector in the Bhiwandi residential area where the collapse occurred.
“Luckily, two of them were fine but the other two didn’t survive the collapse,” Mr Katke said.
“Locals have told us that there is another family, which include three children, under the rubble. The chances of them having survived the collapse are very bleak,” he said, adding that there were six in the family.
Mr Katke said local officials had earlier declared the building too unstable for occupation.
Building collapses are common in India, especially during the annual monsoon season. –